Director: Steve Beck
Starring: Tony Shalhoub, Embeth Davidtz, Matthew Lillard, Shannon Elizabeth, Alec Roberts
Terror has multiplied
Director: Ted Geoghegan
Starring: Barbara Crampton, Andrew Sensenig, Lisa Marie, Larry Fessenden, Monte Markham
This house needs a family
Paul and Anne Saccheti has been through rough times after their son was killed in a car crash. They decide to start a new life when they find an old house out in a small town. Their neighbors are fast to inform them of the gruesome old story of the house and it doesn’t take long before the couple starts to feel that there is something in the house with them.
Haunted house movies have been dominating the horror genre for the last ten years, most of them have either been done in the “found footage” type of filming or had some very stylish and professional camera work like Insidious. There are still a place left for a film in the genre to have a bit of a retro 70’s film style in my opinion and the few that have tried that haven’t been that great.
Director: Gil Kenan
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Sharbino, Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Clements
They know what scares you
The Bowen family are down on their luck and has to find a big enough home to fit the family of five that they can actually afford. They find a surprisingly nice house and are all excited to move in, but it doesn’t take long before the family figures out why it was so cheap.
The family starts to experience supernatural events that cannot be explained by simple logic. Things go worse when the youngest child of the family, Maddie, is taken by the entities that roams around in their house. The family now has to rely on paranormal researchers to find and bring Maggie back from the other side… but by doing this they also put everyone at risk of being taken as well.
The original Poltergeist is not only a classic horror movie, but also a horror movie that both became a gateway film into the genre for many as it works for both the young and the adult. It had a family that felt real and characters that everyone could identify with and care for. The scares worked and there was something magical about the film (the good old Spielberg magic some might say).
Director: William Ward
Starring: Parker Stevenson, Lisa Eilbacher, Joan Bennett, Slim Pickens, Shelley Smith
Something terrifying is falling in love with Sheila…
The rock singer Gary Straihorn has to take some time off after suffering from an anxiety attack while performing live on TV. He hires a nurse named Sheila that he met while being hospitalized. Together they move in to a new house out in the country, a perfect place for relaxation… until an evil force starts to torment them and everyone else who comes close to the place.
This House Possessed is a forgotten, unknown made for TV movie and it is forgotten for a good reason. If you expect a good old ghost story then you can forget about this film right away as this is not close to being anything like that at all. The house is haunted, but there’s not a good back story to it at all. We get to know that the house, or entity within it, wants to be reunited with the Sheila character, but why and how it keeps track of her from her childhood to her grown life made no sense to me.
Director: Christopher Landon
Starring: Katie Featherston, Molly Ephraim, Andrew Jacobs, Jorge Diaz, Catherine Toribio
Jesse Arista is a young teenager living in a mexican neighborhood in California. He gets a digital video camera as a graduation gift and quickly becomes fascinated by it and documents practically everything he does in his life with it.
Together with his sister Marisol and his best friend Hector, he starts to investigate a strange death in an apartment on the ground floor that might be blamed on a bruja, a latin name for a witch. They come in contact with a spirit that will start to affect Jesse badly, and his friends and family is worried that he might be the next victim.
The Marked Ones is the fifth entry, sixth if you also count the unofficial japanese sequel, into the very popular Paranormal Activity franchise. It’s not called Paranormal Activity 5 since it is presented more as a latin based spinoff, even though after seeing it I can’t really see any reason why they couldn’t just slap the number five tag on it since it does play in the same world as the main story from the previous four films.
aka: Paranormal Investigations 3
Director: Shane Van Dyke
Starring: Shane Van Dyke, Erin Marie Hogan, Fia Perera, Normal Saleet
The Finley “Murder” Tapes
Thomas Finley has been convicted of murdering a psychic named Dr. Edgar Lauren. And even worse than that, he is also convicted of raping and murdering his big sister Samantha. Not long after the conviction, Thomas decides to give up on life and commits suicide in prison.
Some tapes are found at their house where Thomas has been filming strange happenings around in his house, especially something tormenting his sister. Their mother Ellen believes at first that all of these happenings can be blamed on the ghost of her late husband David, but after a while these attacks start to get very violent…
When Paranormal Activity became a huge success in cinemas all around the world, it was only a matter of a few weeks before a bunch of independent filmmakers decides to copy the formula and create their own found footage ghost movie. The concept of filming a haunted house movie with a handheld camera makes it look easy and it is a very cheap way to create a film.